Waheed Jowiya, Associate Medical Writer, joined inScience Communications just a couple of months ago. Here he describes his day so far.
I got into work after a short and surprisingly pleasant journey on London Underground. The first thing to do was to check my email for any urgent enquiries, of which there were none. I then collected my daily portion of fruit, courtesy of Springers’ wellness programme, and prepared for our weekly team meeting. After the meeting I contacted our US team regarding a manuscript outline I had prepared (my very first one!) in the area of diabetes treatment. After discussing the feedback given by the client, I started to make the necessary changes to the manuscript.
Lunch – me and the team took a nice stroll in the sun to Leather Lane market (around the corner from our fantastically located office) for some delectable street food.
After lunch I was on a client call with other member s of my team updating our USA-based client about how we are progressing on abstracts they have asked us to prepare for a congress. Once the call had finished I began to create some figures for one of the abstracts that has been entrusted to me. Next I will be preparing for a face-to-face client meeting that will take place tomorrow at the headquarters of a leading global pharmaceutical company, by reading though a newly written scientific monograph for a novel antimicrobial.
I have been working as an Associate Medical Writer at inScience Communications for just over two months. I came from a research background and this has been my first foray into MedComms . Having just completed my PhD I was apprehensive of making the transition from being a bench scientist to a medical writer. However, in the short period of time I have been involved in MedComms I am certain that this was the correct choice. I have thoroughly enjoyed the projects I have been involved in, which have been based in the areas of diabetes and antimicrobial therapy. I have gained a thorough understanding of the clinical trial process and the different stages of drug development as well as improving my writing and communication skills. The tasks I have worked on the last two months, from writing abstracts and manuscripts to having face-to-face meetings with clients, have been so varied that no two days have been the same; every day has bought its own challenges which makes coming into work stimulating and exciting.
In short, my experience of MedComms has been great to date and I have been fortunate to have had my fist writing job in the company of the fantastic people at inScience Communication, who have helped me settle in and feel at ease. An added bonus – no failed experiments to worry about!!